Comedy group accountant named employee of month stole $240K

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Friday, March 27, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. -- An accountant for a famous Princeton University musical-comedy group who was once named by Esquire magazine as an "employee of the month" has admitted embezzling $240,000.

Thomas Muza of Hightstown pleaded guilty to second-degree theft by unlawful taking from Princeton's Triangle Club, whose members have included F. Scott Fitzgerald and Brooke Shields.

Under terms of a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend Muza be sentenced in September to three years in prison. He also must make restitution.

Authorities say the 56-year-old Muza wrote checks to himself from January 2008 to February 2013, mainly to pay his living expenses.

Muza had been the group's part-time accountant for 20 years.

Princeton's Triangle Club was founded in 1891. Other famous members include the actors Jimmy Stewart and Jose Ferrer.